About the Book
Book: Broken to Beautiful
Author: Jeannine Bennett
Genre: Christian Nonfiction
Release date: July 29, 2019
What do you do when life is unfair, all hope is lost and God seems absent?
Life does not always turn out the way we hope. It is often unfair, filled with hurt and rocked by disappointment. Even as Christians we find ourselves wondering if God is really there.
Jeannine Bennett is no exception; she understands all too well the struggles of life that hit so hard they take your breath away and leave you broken. But she’s also discovered that our greatest trials in life are always used by God for good, nothing we experience is ever wasted. In Broken to Beautiful, Jeannine invites us into her journey of how God captured her heart. With vulnerability, tenacity and humor, she helps us to recognize that brokenness is not the end of our story. God has a plan for each of us and it is beautiful. No matter how great your struggle, your loss, or your disappointment, God is still in control and his promises are real. She helps us understand that it’s not just our story its God’s story too.
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About the Author
Jeannine Bennett is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is also the founder and CEO of Vision to Purpose, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business for Liberty University Online, and an executive coach for The Honor Foundation.
To those who know Jeannine, she is simply a woman who loves Jesus, is devoted to her family, and struggles with life’s challenges like the rest of us. She is not immune to bad hair days, shrinking clothes (weight gain), or sleepless nights. She loves learning and sharing the knowledge acquired to help others learn too. Her favorite ice cream is a toss-up between butter pecan and mint chocolate chip. And, although she has lived in Virginia for more than 30 years, she still calls a water fountain a bubbler. A term she grew up saying in her hometown of Racine, Wisconsin.
More from Jeannine
“To Be a Light for Others”
People often ask why I chose to share such personal details of my life. Truth be told, to be a light for others. For years I wanted to write a book. It took me a long time to grow the courage necessary to begin the journey. Since I was sharing my testimony, I had to be okay with being vulnerable. I needed to be strong enough to reveal those intimate life details with others. The process became easier once I realized my story was God’s story, too!
Everyone goes through struggles in life, but those trials do not have to leave us broken. We can find hope, peace, and restoration with God, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Nothing we experience is ever wasted. God uses everything.
In Broken to Beautiful, you will find a series of events that read like a tragedy, comedy, drama, and horror show. It is full of hurt, deceit, grief, heartache, and devastation. However, thanks to God, it is also full of great joy, many blessings, countless rewards, lots of love, and a whole bunch of never-ending hope.
It is my sincerest desire that this book serves as a blessing to those who read it.
Between the pages of this book is a story that gives readers hope while seeing how God is always there with us. I enjoyed reading the author’s personal story and how she went through many trials. At a young age she experienced rejection which followed her through her adulthood. I cried when I read about how her brother was injured and became the main focus of the family. I can understand how she felt pushed aside at times.
One thing I noticed was how history seemed to keep repeating itself in the family. With divorce, alcoholism and depression the author was destined for failure. The most shocking thing in the book was the incident with her mother. Anger can overtake us sometimes and if we don’t know how to cope, it can end up causing split decisions that are devastating. I was sad that her mother had a hard life and saw a pattern of generational curses being passed on to others.
The author in her darkest moment realizes that God was the only answer . I loved how she slowly changed and found a way to forgive her mother. It is not easy to forgive, but when you do you are set free. The key element in this story is not only forgiveness but understanding that Gods has as plan for our lives. I liked the scriptures used and the questions at the end of each chapter.
I would love to hear her speak someday. Her story is powerful and shows how God was working in her life even as a child. Her testimony is healing as she demonstrates each situation she faced and how blessings came from it. God uses our trials to strengthen us, help us grow in faith and to learn to trust Him with everything. This would be a perfect book to use in a Bible study. Her honesty and compassion are tools that God can use to reach others who feel abandoned, hopeless and rejected.
“God uses every lesson to teach us and prepare us for things to come.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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